Even the NBA Finals can’t compare to the attention lavished on the NCAA tournament, and that exposure provides a great opportunity for players with NBA dreams. Kemba Walker’s national title run last year is only the most recent example of a player whose draft stock shot up on the strength of a scintillating showing in the Big Dance.
There’s no shortage of players who entered the tourney hoping to follow Walker’s example, but plenty (notably including Duke’s high-scoring Austin Rivers and UConn behemoth Andre Drummond) have already seen their postseason runs end. Which of the remaining stars will set themselves up for draft-night success?
One player who has pretty well botched a chance to join that group is Baylor standout Perry Jones III. The Bears have survived into the Sweet 16, but their supposed star—and erstwhile top-five draft prospect—has a total of nine points and 15 boards in two games against undersized opponents.
Even if Jones picks up his production in the remainder of March Madness, he’ll have a hard time living down his 1-of-6 shooting night against South Dakota State.
Of course, plenty of other NBA hopefuls are looking sharper in NCAA tournament play. Have a look at this group of college standouts whose postseason performance will boost their position on pro draft boards.
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